Nick Chigges struck out 12 over seven innings and became the winningest pitcher in College of Charleston history, and Chris Campbell recorded his 300th career hit with a three-run homer as the Cougars opened its three-game Southern Conference series with an 11-3 win over Appalachian State before 416 at Patriots Point Field on Friday.
With the win, Charleston improved to 22-8 overall and 6-1 in league play. The Mountaineers, who lost for the first time in nine games, fell to 19-12 and 7-3 on the season. Game two of the series is Saturday at 1:00.
Chigges, a senior, improved to 5-0 on the season and 25-4 in his career passing Scott Oliver on the school’s all-time wins list. Oliver posted a 24-19 record from 1996-99. Chigges, who came within one strikeout of his career-high 13 strikeout performance in an 11-0 complete-game blanking of Ball State in last year’s Lexington Regional, allowed three runs, none earned, on seven hits over seven innings.
Campbell, a senior, became the first Cougar to collect 300 career hits with his seventh inning three-run homer to left center that gave Charleston a 7-3 lead. It was his fifth of the season.
The Cougars grabbed a 2-0 first inning lead on Michael Harrington RBI triple to center and an RBI single to left by Ben Lasater. The Cougars stretched their lead to 4-0 in the second inning on run-producing singles by Gabe Marchant and Stuart Haywood.
The Mountaineers cut the margin to 4-3 in the fourth on an RBI single by Tom Prosser and a two-run single by Chris Baker.
Matt Andress (3-3) suffered loss surrendering seven runs on seven hits over the first 6 2/3 innings.